In a tight race marked by bickering, election complaints and personal attacks, incumbent Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, with 17 of 17 precincts reporting, beat longtime rival Keith London, who gave up his commission seat to run for mayor.
Jay Schorr, the write-in candidate whose name had to be written down because he did not pay the $50 qualifying fee, garnered very few votes in Tuesday’s election.
“It’s been a really tight, hard race and I’m really excited that I’m up,” Cooper said from her Hallandale Beach home, among a crowd of supporters gathered in the background.
The mayoral race was only one of several items Hallandale Beach residents voted on Tuesday. They also voted to fill three commission seats and voted on six charter amendments.
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With 17 of 17 precincts reporting, the top three vote-getters for commission seats were incumbent William “Bill” Julian, incumbent Anthony Sanders and Michele Lazarow.
The commission race runs a little different. Residents were able to select two out of the six candidates. The top two vote-getters receive four-year terms. The third-highest vote-getter will serve the remaining two years of London’s term. The candidates trailing were Gerald Dean, Csaba Kulin and Ann Pearl Hennigson.
Voters at the polls Tuesday afternoon were fed up with the bombardment of campaign fliers they received before entering the polling place. Firefighters and campaign supporters met voters in the parking lot. However, lines were slim to none.
When it came to the charter changes, voters showed their approval all across the board.
With 17 of 17 precincts reporting, voters were in favor of all six charter questions:
• Adding a charter review committee.
• Changing the way voting is done to allow for numbered commission seats so candidates run for a particular seat.
• Being able to hire an internal auditor.
• Allowing the city attorney to have her own budget without it being under the city manager.
• Changing the way referendums are handled with regards to petitions.
• And creating a new way to handle vacancies when an elected official leaves office for any reason.